What is cannabis rosin and how to make it
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Weed rosin is the hot new cannabis concentrate, that is rapidly becoming the extract of choice for dabbers and DIY hash enthusiasts. Why? Because it's pure, it's clean and it's incredibly easy to make.
CANNABIS ROSIN: THE CLEAN CONCENTRATE
You are probably already familiar with concentrates like BHO and its further refined derivatives like honeycomb, shatter, and wax. Undoubtedly all are absolute power, with 50%+ THC levels being the norm. The downside is the gooey resin is extracted using nasty chemicals, usually butane gas.
Cannabis rosin though is the champagne concentrate, that ticks all the boxes. Easy to make at home, ridiculously potent and looking really cool, it kind of resembles sticky smokeable amber.
Homemade cannabis rosin is just as potent as the best professionally produced BHO, sometimes even more so and neither as complicated nor hazardous to process. Of all the various kinds of extracts, rosin is on a par with Ice-Hash for being the most natural and 100% chemical free stash.
HOW TO MAKE ROSIN AT HOME
First of all, you need to gather a few common household items to use as your DIY rosin kit. You need the following four items before getting started:
- Hair straightener
- Parchment paper
- Scraping tool. A hand scraper from the local hardware store is perfect and a really useful tool for all kinds of hash making.
Once materials have been assembled, it’s time to break out that weed stash. Smaller buds are best suited to rosin extraction, so start with those popcorn buds. Size up some parchment paper with your hair straightener and fold it in half and sit a bud on the crease.
Set your hair straightener to the lowest setting and put on a pair of heat resistant gloves, just in case. Next, place your bud wrapped in parchment paper between the hair straightener's tongs and squeeze. Your GF would probably kill you for ruining her beloved toy; the weed must not contact the hair straightener!
The two principles of rosin making are heat and pressure. Most hair straighteners have a range of temperature settings and if you are in any way familiar with vaporisers you already understand the concept of heat extraction. Somewhere between 120-165°C is optimal for sticky rosin extraction.
Experimentation will be required and with a little practice, you will find the sweet temperature spot for your specific strains. Pressing for 5-10 seconds is usually enough for all the gooey resin to be drained from a popcorn bud.
Post-pressing the bud will be a flattened non-psychoactive chip and the precious rosin will be sitting on the parchment paper. The final step is to delicately collect up the rosin without making a mess and if you plan on pressing quite a few buds, use clean sheets of paper, you don’t want any rosin going to waste.
Typical yields from flowers are around 10-25% rosin, so you need a steady hand and a clean hand scraper to lift your stash off the paper. After you’ve gathered your rosin, that’s it, you are ready to dab or vape, as the whole process is natural no purging is required.
Pollen or some b-grade hash can also benefit from a rosin pressing. This kind of rosin is divine and the best way to turn mediocre into full melt connoisseur-grade stash.
If you plan on a larger run and intend to properly preserve your rosin for later, remember this stuff is as sticky icky as it gets, so when you have gathered up a healthy blob of rosin put it in a silicon container or wrap it up in some parchment paper.
For longer periods it’s best to store paper wrapped rosin in a glass jar like weed. Don’t make the rookie mistake of putting your rosin or any gooey concentrates in plastic baggies.
Making rosin at home is fast and a whole lot of fun as opposed to the near death experience a BHO run can be. It’s best to leave the honey oil making to experienced hash makers and professionals with lab-grade glassware.
Homemade rosin is good enough to win the “Pepsi challenge” against any kind of cannabis concentrate. This is one of those rare occasions we get to finish with a recommendation to definitely try this at home.